Left to Right: Kathi Wilson, Keranesha Green, Nicole Mason, Lougenia Barton, Maurice Naylor
Left to Right: Kathi Wilson, Keranesha Green, Nicole Mason, Lougenia Barton, Maurice Naylor
DE KALB  — A five-member team from Kemper County School District was invited to present at the 17th Teacher Leadership Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 29-31, 2019.  Their presentation focused on allowing teachers to develop and refine their leadership skills, which aligned with the summit’s theme, Teach to Lead.  Team members included four teachers (Ms. Keranisha Green, Ms. Nicole Mason, Mr. Maurice Naylor, and Ms. Lougenia Barton) and one administrator (Ms. Kathi Wilson, Kemper County High School principal) from Kemper County School District. “This was an empowering event and opportunity for us,” Wilson said. “Research has indicated that one reason teachers leave districts is because of a lack of leadership opportunities and/or professional development opportunities.  Our team addressed this issue directly in our proposal and presentation, which was well received at the summit with more than 200 teachers in attendance from 17 states.”  

The team also gave an overview of their presentation and goal at last month’s Kemper County School Board Meeting. “We are now in the planning phase of hosting our own Teacher Summit in October,” Wilson said. “Our summit will showcase excellent teachers who will present lessons to their peers. This will provide an opportunity for other teachers to observe and replicate best practices, gather resources, and network with teachers who teach at schools with similar demographics.” The team welcomes educational leaders, community stakeholders, and others interested in partnership opportunities for the fall summit.